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神的兒子

馬太福音27: 51_56_神的兒子

51 忽然,殿裡的幔子從上到下裂為兩半,地也震動,磐石也崩裂, 52 墳墓也開了,已睡聖徒的身體多有起來的。 53 到耶穌復活以後,他們從墳墓裡出來,進了聖城,向許多人顯現。 54 百夫長和一同看守耶穌的人看見地震並所經歷的事,就極其害怕,說:「這真是神的兒子了!」 55 有好些婦女在那裡遠遠地觀看,她們是從加利利跟隨耶穌來服侍他的。 56 內中有抹大拉的馬利亞,又有雅各和約西的母親馬利亞,並有西庇太兩個兒子的母親。

在耶穌斷氣的時候,聖殿裡的幔子從上到下裂為兩半。這是非常不尋常,從未發生過的事。那時地也震動,磐石也崩裂,墳墓也開了,並且死去的聖徒身體多有起來的。就像先知以利沙死後,人將他葬埋。在過年時,有摩押人侵入以色列,正好有人在埋他們的死人,忽然看見一群摩押人,就把死人拋在以利沙的墳墓裡。沒想到那個死者一碰著以利沙的骸骨,死人就復活,站起來了(王下13:20-21)。神的能力要在何時發生,真不是人可以想像的。

在主後七十年,也就是聖殿被毀後的幾百年裡,猶太拉比編輯了兩部關於猶太人的思想、宗教歷史及注釋的經書。一部在巴勒斯坦寫的,稱為《耶路撒冷他勒目》(Jerusalem Talmud),另一部在巴比倫寫成,稱為《巴比倫他勒目》(Babylonian Talmud)。 在耶穌升天之後的四十年裡,《耶路撒冷他勒目》記載了一些不尋常之事。當百夫長因為所看到的事說:「這真是神的兒子了!」 我們是否也會因為接下來發生的事而明白耶穌真是神的兒子?

Slaying the Giants in Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 20:1-8.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 20:1-3 (NIV) 
1  In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins. 
2  David took the crown from the head of their king–its weight was found to be a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones–and it was placed on David’s head. He took a great quantity of plunder from the city 
3  and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then David and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

On verse 1-3:  Here we see a longtime enemy of Israel, the Ammonites, fighting against King David and his army.  Under the leadership of David’s commander in chief Joab, the armies of Israel defeat the Ammonites soundly and consign them to labor.   In a similar way, the Bible says that for a long time we were enemies of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:21), constantly fighting against its king – Jesus Christ — until the day we surrendered to Him and allowed Him to take over our lives.  When the kingdom of God took over our lives, we went from being his enemies to becoming his servants.

拉馬撒巴各大尼

馬太福音27: 45_50_拉馬撒巴各大尼

45 從午正到申初,遍地都黑暗了。 46 約在申初,耶穌大聲喊著說:「以利!以利!拉馬撒巴各大尼?」就是說:「我的神!我的神!為什麼離棄我?」 47 站在那裡的人,有的聽見就說:「這個人呼叫以利亞呢!」 48 內中有一個人趕緊跑去,拿海絨蘸滿了醋,綁在葦子上,送給他喝。 49 其餘的人說:「且等著,看以利亞來救他不來。」 50 耶穌又大聲喊叫,氣就斷了。

耶穌是早上九時被釘,從午正到申初是指從正午十二時到下午三時,遍地都黑暗了。黑暗,表示連太陽的光也完全被遮住。正午十二時至下午三時,應該是一天中陽光最猛最烈的時刻,為何遍地黑暗?世界本來是黑暗的,沒有希望的,被死亡和罪的權勢所控制的。耶穌來了,祂醫治生病的人,讓瞎眼的看見,把天國的好消息帶給人,賜給人有永生的盼望;可惜光照在黑暗裡,黑暗卻拒絕了光,因此世界又回復了黑暗。

在此時,耶穌經歷了祂一生最大的痛苦。祂不在意降生在卑微的馬槽,與牛羊馬為伍;祂不在意約瑟和馬利亞的貧窮;祂也不在乎沒有枕頭之地的流浪生涯;祂甚至不在意為門徒洗腳,被門徒出賣;祂也不在意十字架上的苦楚。但是當祂發現自己被神離棄時,祂發出了哀號:“以利!以利!拉馬撒巴各大尼?”就是說:“我的神!我的神!為什麼離棄我?”那時的耶穌以人的身份,全心緊緊抓著對神的信靠,卻發現神離開祂了。神為何要離開祂的兒子?因為此時的耶穌背負了全人類的罪債,與聖潔的神無法在一起了。神的聖潔和公義,使祂不能沾染自己,去接近“有罪”的耶穌。

Better to Have Christ as a Friend than an Enemy

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 19:1-19.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 19:6-7 (NIV) 
6  When the Ammonites realized that they had become a stench in David’s nostrils, Hanun and the Ammonites sent a thousand talents of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram Naharaim, Aram Maacah and Zobah. 
7  They hired thirty-two thousand chariots and charioteers, as well as the king of Maacah with his troops, who came and camped near Medeba, while the Ammonites were mustered from their towns and moved out for battle.

On verses 1-8, 16-19:  David tries to show kindness and sympathy to Hanun king of the Ammonites after hearing about the death of Hanun’s father Nahash.  But Hanun, influenced by his commanders, is suspicious of David’s act of kindness.  He repays David’s kindness with great disrespect, humiliating the messengers David sent (v4-5).  Knowing he has angered David, Hanun forms an alliance with other kingdoms like Aram, Zobah and Maakah (v6-7).  David sends out his army in full force and scores a decisive victory over Hanun and this newly formed alliance soundly (v8-19). 

Experiencing Victory with Every Challenge You Face

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 18:1-17.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 18:6 (NIV) 
6  He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The LORD gave David victory everywhere he went.
 
On verses 1-17:  In these verses we see David facing many different enemies (Philistines in verse 1, Moabites in verse 2, Hadadezer of Zobah in verses 3-4, Arameans in verse 5-6, Amalekites in verse 11, Edomites in verses 12-13).  But in each case David overcomes with God’s help.  As verses 6 and 13 say, “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”.  It’s a reminder that in this world you may face all kinds of trouble, but with the Lord’s help, you can overcome each of them.   For in Christ you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).  Blessed are those who internalize David’s words in Psalm 18:29: “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall”, which is another way of saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

得救的強盜

馬太福音27: 38_44_得救的強盜

38 當時,有兩個強盜和他同釘十字架,一個在右邊,一個在左邊。 39 從那裡經過的人譏誚他,搖著頭說: 40 「你這拆毀聖殿、三日又建造起來的,可以救自己吧!你如果是神的兒子,就從十字架上下來吧!」 41 祭司長和文士並長老也是這樣戲弄他說: 42 「他救了別人,不能救自己。他是以色列的王,現在可以從十字架上下來,我們就信他! 43 他倚靠神,神若喜悅他,現在可以救他!因為他曾說:『我是神的兒子。』」 44 那和他同釘的強盜也是這樣地譏誚他。

你可曾奇怪,為何大衛犯了姦淫和謀殺,神卻說他是合神心意的人?在世人眼中,掃羅犯的罪似乎沒有大衛的那麼糟糕,他只是在著急時想替撒母耳獻祭,他只是在戰勝時留下了一些戰利品,和對方的首領惺惺相惜,捨不得殺他,又在驚慌失措時去找交鬼的婦人,為何神那樣恨惡掃羅?

你覺得彼得和猶大誰犯的錯比較大?為什麼一個回轉,一個自殺?

在耶穌十字架兩邊的強盜似乎給了我們一些線索。他們都是強盜,都是壞人,為何有一個可以跟主到樂園?在〈路加福音〉23章裡記載:

39 那同釘的兩個犯人,有一個譏誚他說:「你不是基督嗎?可以救自己和我們吧!」 40 那一個就應聲責備他說:「你既是一樣受刑的,還不怕神嗎? 41 我們是應該的,因我們所受的與我們所做的相稱,但這個人沒有做過一件不好的事。」 42 就說:「耶穌啊,你得國降臨的時候,求你記念我!」 43 耶穌對他說:「我實在告訴你:今日你要同我在樂園裡了!」

How to Respond to God’s Word

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 17:16-27.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 17:16 (NIV) 
16  Then King David went in and sat before the LORD… 

On verse 16a:   After God spoke amazing promises to David in verses 1-15, notice David’s reaction: first, he sits before the Lord.  Often I find that the most powerful thing I can do is to sit before the Lord, to be still in His presence.  Sitting before the Lord is my power position.  It’s where I most often sense the Holy Spirit speaking to me.  It’s where I process and digest the words He has spoken to me.  It’s where I recalibrate my heart and mind.   When I’m lost, confused, frustrated or hurting, I sit.  It’s where I experience His presence and peace.   Do you want to develop a deeper, closer relationship with the Holy Spirit?  Take the time to sit before the Lord often.

1 Chronicles 17:16 (NIV) 
16  Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 

On verse 16b-22:  The second thing David does in response to God’s Word is he humbles himself before God.  David did not come to God with a sense of entitlement as if God owed him, nor did David well up with pride in himself. Rather, David recognized that the reason he and his nation could receive such amazing promises was all because of God’s undeserved mercy and grace.  Like David, when you hear God’s Word, have a humble attitude.

耶穌被釘十字架

馬太福音27: 27_37_耶穌被釘十字架

27 巡撫的兵就把耶穌帶進衙門,叫全營的兵都聚集在他那裡。 28 他們給他脫了衣服,穿上一件朱紅色袍子, 29 用荊棘編做冠冕,戴在他頭上,拿一根葦子放在他右手裡,跪在他面前,戲弄他,說:「恭喜,猶太人的王啊!」 30 又吐唾沫在他臉上,拿葦子打他的頭。 31 戲弄完了,就給他脫了袍子,仍穿上他自己的衣服,帶他出去,要釘十字架。

32 他們出來的時候,遇見一個古利奈人,名叫西門,就勉強他同去,好背著耶穌的十字架。

33 到了一個地方名叫各各他,意思就是「髑髏地」; 34 兵丁拿苦膽調和的酒給耶穌喝。他嘗了,就不肯喝。 35 他們既將他釘在十字架上,就拈鬮分他的衣服, 36 又坐在那裡看守他。 37 在他頭以上安一個牌子,寫著他的罪狀說:「這是猶太人的王耶穌。」

在這段過程裡有許多人做了研究,名之為苦路十四站,也就是耶穌背十字架到髑髏地的這段路。髑髏地的原名是各各他,因為形狀很像髑髏,所以又被稱為髑髏地。今天讓我們來根據聖經考古的路線,與耶穌一起走這苦路。

若按文獻和考古的話,耶穌所行的苦路,應從舊城以西的約帕門以南,現今大衛堡博物館之內的大希律皇宮之處開始。不過,中世紀的苦路歷史悠久,是歷代信徒對耶穌為我們罪人受苦受死而傳留下來的屬靈遺產,它是「信心地理」(geography of faith)。在歷史之中,苦路讓信眾具體地領會神子耶穌為罪人為死所付上的重價。